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Author: Rula Jebreal Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781481586986
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Now a major motion picture from award-winning director Julian Schnabel, starring Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire)

Written by the much-admired Italo-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, Miral is a novel that focuses on remarkable women whose lives unfold in the turbulent political climate along the borders of Israel and Palestine.

In 1948, as violence erupts in Jerusalem, a young Arab woman, Hind Husseini, finds fifty-five abandoned children and faces the biggest challenge of her life—changing their destiny. She dedicates her life to providing the children with love and education, and establishes the Dar El-Tifel orphanage. As the years pass and the conflict rages on, Hind finds that—despite her best efforts—some of her older students are taking part in the violent struggle for Palestinian independence, including one of her brightest students, Miral, whose mother died tragically when her daughter was only five. Hind desperately races to save Miral from this legacy of destruction. But is she too late?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping story with nuanced characters and historical context that thoroughly humanizes the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

    Associated Press

  • “Packed with historical facts…A reliable refresher of the Palestinian struggle.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gripping…There are few novels that show the personal conflict in such depth and complexity.”


  • “Many of us understand the motives of both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but neglect the stories of the individuals involved. Here, Palestinian-born Jebreal…shares the realities of these people…Jebreal’s refusal to categorize her characters as angelic or evil is refreshing…With a narrative style that recalls Chico Buarque’s Budapest, this work will appeal to lovers of political fiction, particularly when focused on the Arabic world. The novel is soon to be a major motion picture directed by Julian Schnabel, which testifies to its relevance.”

    Library Journal

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/18/2011

    " Read this for book club. It was ok, definitely not my favorite. I prefer books with more action and a bit of happiness. This was lacking both. Just not my kind of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiki | 4/12/2011

    " A must read for any die hard supporter of Israeli policies. Whether all the characters' stories are true or not, I was drawn into the displaced and stateless Palestinian people and their struggle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 4/10/2011

    " The second half was better than the first. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 4/8/2011

    " I read this book because of the movie they produced and how much controversy there was...however the book is very poorly written. I am shocked that there is so much controversy, there is bound to be these feelings on both sides of a war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynda | 4/5/2011

    " Not a big fan of this one. I found it hard to engage with the characters, there was something superficial about them. I intend to see the movie, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naureen | 4/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and found it was a very interesting way to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The main character is fascinating and complicated, which makes for a very compelling read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederic | 3/29/2011

    " "Miral" reaches for a humane simplicity concerning the chaos of the situation in Israel vis-a-vis the Palestinians but it's too reductive to be as effective/affecting as it wishes to be... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E.C. | 3/11/2011

    " It's a lovely story. The writing never engaged me, mostly because it felt like a series of observations instead of the characters' emotions, almost like the blueprint for a script rather than a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luckyclarkie | 1/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book! I kept thinking to myself, how would I act if my country was under so much stress and violence? Could I step up and be so politically active such as Miral, knowing that it upset my family, I could be arrested or kicked out of school? Very beautifully written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Baljit | 1/26/2011

    " An account of the Israel-Palestine issue from a personal angle. there are no good guys nor bad guys, just ordinary ppl born into these conflicts, trying thier best to make sense of these troubles, eeking out a living and hoping for peace. "

About the Author

Rula Jebreal is an award-winning Italo-Palestinian journalist who specializes in foreign affairs and immigration-rights issues. She was born in Haifa, Israel, studied and worked in Italy as an anchorwoman for many years, and now makes her home in New York.

About the Narrator

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.